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H.J.Res. 59 (113th): Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2014

This was a vote to agree to H.J.Res. 59 (113th) in the Senate.

The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013 (H.J.Res. 59; Pub.L. 113–67) is a federal statute concerning spending and the budget in the United States, that was signed into law by President Barack Obama on December 26, 2013. On December 10, 2013, pursuant to the provisions of the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2014 calling for a joint budget conference to work on possible compromises, Representative Paul Ryan and Senator Patty Murray announced a compromise that they had agreed to after extended discussions between them. The law raises the sequestration caps for fiscal years 2014 and 2015, in return for extending the imposition of the caps into 2022 and 2023, and miscellaneous savings elsewhere in the budget. Overall, the bill is projected to lower the deficit by $23 billion over the long term.

In forming the deal behind the bill that was passed, Ryan and Murray explicitly avoided trying to find a "grand bargain", in which Democrats would buy into reduced entitlements spending while Republicans would agree to higher tax rates, as several past negotiations along such lines had failed. Instead, in Ryan's words, negotiations sought to "focus on common ground ... to get some minimal accomplishments". The deal did represent a rare example of bipartisanship during this period and promised to end for a while the last-minute, crisis-driven budget battles that had consumed Congress for much of the prior three years.

This summary is from Wikipedia.

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All Votes D R I
Yea 64%
 
 
 
64
53
 
9
 
2
 
Nay 36%
 
 
 
36
0
 
36
 
0
 

Date: Dec 18, 2013

Question: On the Motion (Motion to Concur in the House Amendment to the Senate Amendment to H.J.Res. 59) in the Senate

Required: Simple Majority

Result: Motion Agreed to

Source: senate.gov

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